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The question has been the subject of considerable debate and controversy for more than years. One theory is that the game originated from the medieval Romanian game Oina. Baseball and softballas well as the other modern bat, ball and running games, cricket and roundersdeveloped from earlier folk games.
Many of the earlier games were similar to each other, but there certainly were local, regional and national variations, both in how they were played and what they were called: Few details of how the modern games developed from earlier folk games are known. Some think that various folk games resulted in a game called town ballfrom which baseball was eventually born.
Folk games in the British Isles[ edit ] A number of early folk games in the British Isles had characteristics that can be seen in modern baseball as well as in cricket and rounders. Many of these early games involved a ball that was thrown at a target while an opposing player defended the target by attempting to hit the ball away.
If the batter successfully hit the ball, he could attempt to score points by running between bases while fielders would attempt to catch or retrieve the ball and put the runner out in some way. To the extent that there were rules, they were generally simple and were not written down.
There were many local variations, and varied names. Aside from obvious differences in terminology, the games differed in the equipment used ball, bat, club, target, etc.
An old English game called "base", described by George Ewing at Valley Forge, was apparently not much like baseball. There was no bat and no ball involved.
The game was more like a fancy game of "tag", although it did share the concept of places of safety for example, bases with modern baseball. In an book entitled The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England, Joseph Strutt claimed to have shown that baseball-like games can be traced back to the 14th century, and that baseball is a descendant of a British game called stoolball.
The earliest known reference to stoolball is in a poem by William Pagula, who recommended to priests that the game be forbidden within churchyards.
In stoolball, a batter stood before a target, perhaps an upturned stool, while another player pitched a ball to the batter. If the pitched ball hit a stool leg, the batter was out. It was more often played by young men and women as a sort of spin the bottle.
According to many sources, ina Puritan leader of southern EnglandThomas Wilson, expressed his disapproval of "Morris-dancing, cudgel-playing, baseball and cricket " occurring on Sundays. Block also reports that the reference appears to date torather than Inthe family of Frederick, Prince of Wales partook in the playing of a baseball-like game.
A bylaw in Pittsfield, Massachusetts bans the playing of baseball within 80 yards of the town meeting house. It was printed in Paris, France in and lays out the rules for "poison ball," in which there were two teams of eight to ten players, four bases one called homea pitcher, a batter, and flyball outs.
Similar rules were published in Boston, Massachusetts inexcept the Boston version called the game "Base" or "Goal ball. The account by Fred Lillywhite of the first English cricket tour to Canada and the United States in refers to the "base-ball game [being] somewhat similar to the English game of "rounders"".
Although confined mainly to the cities of CardiffNewport and Liverpoolthe sport boasts an annual international game between representative teams from the two countries. Stob-ball and stow-ball were regional games similar to stoolball.
In stob ball and stow ball the target was probably a tree stump, since both "stob" and "stow" mean stump in some dialects. What the target originally was in stoolball is not certain. Another theory is that stoolball developed as a game played after attending church services, in which case the target was probably a church stool.
Originally, the stool was defended with a bare hand. Later, a bat of some kind was used in modern stoolball, a bat like a very heavy ping-pong paddle is used. There were several versions of stoolball. In the earliest versions, the object was primarily to defend the stool.The history of baseball in the United States can be traced to the 19th century, when amateurs played a baseball-like game by their own informal rules using homemade timberdesignmag.com popularity of the sport inspired the semi-pro national baseball clubs in the s.
When these men left for the war, they brought New York baseball with them, laying the foundation for an explosion of baseball’s popularity during the Civil War. “Call for Volunteers – ,” from Albert Spalding’s America’s National Game (). The Origins of Baseball.
Frank Ceresi and Carol McMains, a great man who achieved prominence as a Union General during the Civil War, but he had very little, if anything, to do with the game of baseball.
with its specific reference to “baseball,” was written by the Pittsfield elders only four short years after the United States. THE GAME OF BASEBALL BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE CIVIL WAR By jodiem, posted on April 17th, “The Origins of Modern Day Baseball” After the Civil War ended, men returned to their homes, north and south, to share their knowledge of the new game they had learned.
As these united states became the United States, baseball was on its way to the commission published its findings in March of declaring, “First: That ‘Base Ball’ had its origins in the United States.
they brought New York baseball with them, laying the foundation for an explosion of baseball’s popularity during the Civil War. Little is known about the origins of baseball. The question has been the subject of considerable debate and controversy for more than years.
However it appears the popularity of the sport waned during the US Civil War, leaving baseball to become the more popular sport. Cat, One Old Cat Debate on baseball origins had raged for.